Anyone ever get issued a 1903 pattern belt?

#2
Yes mate..

Issued at the Factory - Belts Leather Polishing Officer Cadets for the use of...

Once was a prize item of wear for YO Tottie... 8)
 
#4
IIRC I've seen photos of RE full screws wearing such items together with the khaki peaked caps a la Household Cav. I think they were drill pigs and the photos were of a friend's son from his intake's group photo from basic in 2001/02.
 
#5
StickyToffeePudding said:
IIRC I've seen photos of RE full screws wearing such items together with the khaki peaked caps a la Household Cav. I think they were drill pigs and the photos were of a friend's son from his intake's group photo from basic in 2001/02.
Funny you should mention that but I saw RE full screws wearing the khaki caps at Lichfield up to when it closed in 2008.

OK, so we've established the belts are still possibly on issue.

Anyone get hold of some for me?
 

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#6
StickyToffeePudding said:
IIRC I've seen photos of RE full screws wearing such items together with the khaki peaked caps a la Household Cav. I think they were drill pigs and the photos were of a friend's son from his intake's group photo from basic in 2001/02.
I was told by one of said RE full screws that the khaki cap was something to do with being Junior Drill Instructors, although I must admit I was a bit pissed at the time, I'm sure one of the RE will put me right if I am.
 
#7
General Melchett said:
StickyToffeePudding said:
IIRC I've seen photos of RE full screws wearing such items together with the khaki peaked caps a la Household Cav. I think they were drill pigs and the photos were of a friend's son from his intake's group photo from basic in 2001/02.
Funny you should mention that but I saw RE full screws wearing the khaki caps at Lichfield up to when it closed in 2008.

OK, so we've established the belts are still possibly on issue.

Anyone get hold of some for me?
Been thinking on it a while and I'm sure H Cav wear the belt in whatever they call No 2s on horseback, the rig being No 1 cap, No 2 jacket, shirt and tie, riding breaches (khaki), riding boots and the 1903 belt. But it could have been King's Troop too.
 
#10
That belt looks a good bit of kit. no wounder it stayed around for so long with little change. I know its only a belt, but if it works and all that :)
 
#11
Slightly off topic;

As a hobby I make 4" wide stable belts based on the patterns of the early 1900's, using old horse girth straps or similar leather as made by military farriers in the 1880's onwards. (info on the history of stable belts see;
www.stablebelts.co.uk/stablebeltevo.html ).

As part of my reseach I found a down loadable copy of 'The Development of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt 1877 - 1956' which gives clear photographs of webbing and belts of this time. (But no pictures of the 1903 pattern belt).

I would be grateful if somebody could please post a picture of the 1903 belt as I may be able to make one. (picture of both sides if possible to show how the buckle is attached and a diamentions would be helpful).

Thank you
 
#13
I'm pretty sure we had some of those '03 pattern belts in the Line Stores cupboard (circa '92). I've still got a little leather fob clip thing that threaded on to them on my keyring.
 
#16
BuckFelize said:
I'm pretty sure we had some of those '03 pattern belts in the Line Stores cupboard (circa '92). I've still got a little leather fob clip thing that threaded on to them on my keyring.
The key fobby thing is to tie the issue clasp knife to. Got one spare?
 
#17
DB216LOKDVR said:
Slightly off topic;

As a hobby I make 4" wide stable belts based on the patterns of the early 1900's, using old horse girth straps or similar leather as made by military farriers in the 1880's onwards. (info on the history of stable belts see;
www.stablebelts.co.uk/stablebeltevo.html ).

As part of my reseach I found a down loadable copy of 'The Development of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt 1877 - 1956' which gives clear photographs of webbing and belts of this time. (But no pictures of the 1903 pattern belt).

I would be grateful if somebody could please post a picture of the 1903 belt as I may be able to make one. (picture of both sides if possible to show how the buckle is attached and a diamentions would be helpful).

Thank you
Do you have a link to the Mills books? I'm sure the team at Karkeeweb would welcome it as I don't think they have linked it yet. Pictures of P '03 belts on there at: www.karkeeweb.com
 
#18
General Melchett said:
DB216LOKDVR said:
Slightly off topic;

As a hobby I make 4" wide stable belts based on the patterns of the early 1900's, using old horse girth straps or similar leather as made by military farriers in the 1880's onwards. (info on the history of stable belts see;
www.stablebelts.co.uk/stablebeltevo.html ).

As part of my reseach I found a down loadable copy of 'The Development of the Mills Woven Cartridge Belt 1877 - 1956' which gives clear photographs of webbing and belts of this time. (But no pictures of the 1903 pattern belt).

I would be grateful if somebody could please post a picture of the 1903 belt as I may be able to make one. (picture of both sides if possible to show how the buckle is attached and a diamentions would be helpful).

Thank you
Do you have a link to the Mills books? I'm sure the team at Karkeeweb would welcome it as I don't think they have linked it yet. Pictures of P '03 belts on there at: www.karkeeweb.com
I have tried to send PM but it is stuck in outbox, (also had computer fault i.e. biff in computer chair).
 
#19
I've got one at home - the Home Guard were issued them along with a webbing sleve which had two buckles on it for the yoke.
The belts come up on ebay now and agian for about £10.
 

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